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5E3-EXTRA tweed

EX45-FXL-112-CB-TD*

A 45W 1x12" 5E3-EXTRA combo with a Celestion Creamback NEO speaker, in Tweed covering, equipped with an FX Loop and G12T speaker simulated DI recording output

Session 5E3_EXTRA Combo

Voice Of The 1950s!

Two Basic Models...

  • 22W or 45W 'RetroTone' power amps for vintage chime, warmth and response!

  • Optional FX Loop with G12T Speaker
    Simulated DI Output

  • High clean headroom to full rated output power

  • High reliability & low maintenance

  • No digital modelling... completely 'old school' analogue

  • Perfect as a pedal platform amplifier

  • 'Local techie' repairable - Common parts

  • 5 YEAR WARRANTY

  • Complete combo prices start from £369.00 inc UK delivery

  • Amp chassis only from: £179.00 inc UK delivery

 

 

EX22 & EX45 Overall Specifications
  • EX22 & EX45: 22 or 45 Watts RMS into an 8 Ohm load - via our unique RetroTone™ power amp circuitry

  • 10" & 12" Speakers - options as stated in the speaker listings

  • Loud as any 22 or 45 Watt valve amp - into a typical 98db sensitivity guitar speaker

  • Clean headroom - up to full 22 or 45 Watts before distortion sets in

  • Pedal capability - add your pedals with confidence, EX 'takes' pedals very well

  • Front panel controls - Drive, FAT Switch, Tone, Master (Volume), LED Indicator and 'toggle' Power Switch.

  • Optional FX LOOP & DI OUTPUT - An industry standard 0.775V level FX LOOP with post FX DI Out featuring G12T Speaker Simulation for direct recording or PA use.

  • Toroidal power transformer - for 70% less hum radiation than most amps! Perfect for all single coil pickup, especially P-90, equipped guitars! Stand nearer to your amp and pickup far less hum!

  • External 8 ohm speaker jack - Internal speaker disconnects to allow the amp's 1/4" output to be used as a 'head' with external 8 ohm speaker enclosures

  • 5E3-EXTRA™ can drive any size or number of speakers - as long as their total combined impedance is 8 ohms. EX is designed to work with an 8 Ohm speaker load only.

  • The RetroTone™ power amp section has full proof thermal and short circuit protection

  • White-on-Black 'right way reading' control panel

  • Chassis Dimensions EX22 & EX45 - its mounting locations enable it to fit directly into a Blues Junior® cabinet - 415W x 160D x 65H mm (inc 15mm side mounting lugs) - OK with standard BJr speaker in place.

    Chassis only customers: Please check your intended speaker will fit before ordering EX22 or EX45!

  • Chassis Dimensions EX45 - its mounting locations enable it to fit directly into a Blues Junior® cabinet - View Dimensions Doc Here. Control panel cut-out: 320 x 55mm

    EX45 - The maximum speaker depth must NOT exceed 123mm!
    Chassis only customers: Please check your intended speaker will fit before ordering BB45!

  • Bright Red 10mm power LED indicator fitted standard - Blue optional!

  • Weight - EX22: from 10.2kg/22.4lbs - EX45: from 10.6kg/23lbs

  • Combo Dimensions: 41 × 46 × 23.5 cm (16 × 18 × 9.2 ins)

  • Standard IEC power inlet socket - AC cable not included

  • 5 years warranty

  • 100% designed and built in Britain!

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About 5E3-EXTRA...

Award-Session’s “5E3-EXTRA” is a cheeky little amp that owes its origins to the 1957 Fender “Deluxe”®.  It has not been designed as a clone... for a start it doesn’t have any tubes in it. But, the signal path through the amp is un-cluttered just like that of the Deluxe® and has a single knob TONE control, so its final sound is like that of Fender’s® original.  It’s an art in simplicity!

5E3-EXTRA’s tonal character is certainly 1950s in every respect. It could easily provide that era's players with their familiar 'jive-inspiring' tones. Rock-a-billy, Western Swing, Jump Jive... these are all genres easily coped with. But with its added DRIVE control and FAT switch, it can push those tones way beyond their norm creating a new 'take' on those vintage styles!

Surprisingly, that early tone is still called for in today’s world of guitar sounds.  It’s a pure tone, the ‘non mid-cut’ tone that most modern amplifier designers have forgotten.  5E3-EXTRA™ is rich in reproduction around the warm 200-800Hz region, that only single knob TONE equipped amps can muster 

Further, those old warm tones are often miss-referred to as the ‘EL84 or 6V6 tone’ - probably because they’re the only visible difference between amp types.  Can it really be the tubes that are not there responsible? No. So it must be 5E3-EXTRA's clever design. These are the tones Blackface & Silverface amps cannot bring to the table!

“Plug in a Strat, select the middle pickup, set the amp’s tone to 6… and a remarkably Buddy Holly like sound will appear at the speaker. For today’s world, a true reissue simplistic amp is not adequately appointed and tends to spend its life un-gigged! An original or repro Deluxe® is very big investment, just sitting there gathering dust! No, I wanted that kind of tone, ‘gig-able’ and for well under £500.  5E3-EXTRA™ is exactly that!” – Stewart Ward, guitarist, amp designer & regular family Joe!

Then there’s a 7W power scaling switch, to prevent ‘overdoing it’ at those smaller bar or wedding gigs.  We’ve also extended the TONE control’s range to help tighten up the treble end when dialled past 7 – nice with Les Paul® or 335® style guitars.  Further, there’s the FAT switch which comes in to play pre-distortion, imparting twofold applications… for controlling bass heavy guitars better and to possibly induce ‘blues style low end rumble’ into the distortion if so desired.  It’s a creative tool… players will use 5E3-EXTRA™ to create their own brand of 'old school' musical excellance enhanced by our modernity!

Just imagine Deluxe® tone, but at drummer competing levels!  To make that possible, 5E3-EXTRA™ comes with a choice of 22W or 45W “RetroTone™” power amps.  RetroTone™ is SESSION's major contributing factor in how they are able to sound ‘so tube-y’. They drive the speaker just like a tube amp does. So you'll instantly hear that ‘the sound is bang on’.

Want an EFFECTS LOOP?  You CAN have that!  Need a SPEAKER SIMULATED DI OUTPUT (post FX) to feed the PA? Then you can have that too!  5E3-EXTRA™ is an ‘old school analogue amp’ made with today’s performers in mind!  Choose from a range of alternative speakers, cabinets and coverings and it will be made to order within a short wait. Order it without a speaker even... or just as a chassis!

We acknowledge the original amp has a wonderful tone, but it suffers from inadequate output power which tends to get rather ‘squishy’ and flabby when driven hard.  Many players see it as an apex amp, but who can expect to crank it ‘for the tone’ anyway?  Not much use for serious ‘gig’ playing.  There just isn’t enough clean headroom for modern players… so all this is what 5E3-EXTRA™ resolves.  It provides Deluxe® like tone at ‘drummer competing’ volumes, reliably, with ease and twiddle-free convenience!

5E3-EXTRA™ is your ‘Stairway To Heaven’

 

Front panel image

BluesBaby Rear Panel

L-R: Input, Volume, FAT Switch, Master (Volume), 7w Power Scaling Selector, Tone, Mains Indicator and 'toggle' Power Switch

 

Reviews

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Please Note:

This web page is now LIVE!

You can order, but nothing will be despatched before 13th July 2020.

Some materials/components are yet to arrive with us!

Versions with 'FXL' are NOT available until advised here!

If you order 5E3-EXTRA, your card will NOT be charged until 7 days prior to shipping



Chassis Only - Please Order Here:

Want to build your own custom combo or head cabinet and use an EX chassis to power it? No problem!

 

5E3-EXTRA 22W Chassis Only:

EX22-CH - Chassis only 230VAC.
Price: £179.00 Includes £10 UK delivery - Add to Cart

 

5E3-EXTRA 45 Chassis Only:

EX45-CH - Chassis only 230VAC.
Price: £195.00 - Includes £10 UK delivery - Add to Cart

Both: US 115VAC available by request - same prices!
Add £10 for shipping - Customs taxes not included


Choose other options:

FX Loop (FXL) is not available at this time

Red* Power Indicator - FREE - Add to Cart

Blue Power Indicator - Price: £2.00 - Add to Cart

Black* Arrow (Chicken Head) knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

White Arrow (Chicken Head) Knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

* = Standard issue colours if not specified

Chassis only version comes complete with 4 x M5x30 mounting screws & 6 x M5x20 for the back panel - inc cup washers!

All amps are assembled to order only. Please allow up to 4 weeks
for your custom order to be built & despatched

Make sure you do the before ordering BB45!
MAKE SURE YOUR CABINET IS DEEP ENOUGH!
The maximum speaker depth must NOT exceed 123mm!

DOWNLOAD CHASSIS DIMENSIONS PDF

Control panel cut-out: 320 x 55mm

 


Full Combo - Please Order Here:

5E3-EXTRA amps are available in Two-Tone Black finish
& Tweed/Striped Oxblood

 

5E3-EXTRA - 22W 10" Combos

EX22-110 - Complete basic 10" combo amp in Two-Tone black finish WITHOUT SPEAKER
Price: £325 + Includes £10.00 UK delivery -
Add to Cart

US 115VAC available by request - same price!
Shipping about £70.00 - Customs taxes not included


Choose other options
:

FX Loop (FXL) is not available at this time

10" Celestion TEN-30 Speaker - Price: £44.00 - Add to Cart

TWEED covering + Striped Ox-Blood grille - Price: £35.00 - Add to Cart

Red* Power Indicator - FREE - Add to Cart

Blue Power Indicator - Price: £2.00 - Add to Cart

Black* Arrow (Chicken Head) knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

White Arrow (Chicken Head) Knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

* = Standard issue colour if not specified
Can I order without a speaker fitted? YES!

EX22 or EX45 ARE NOT SUPPLIED WITH
AN AC POWER CABLE/CORD

All amps are assembled to order only. Please allow up to 4 weeks
for your custom order to be built & despatched

Totally clean guitar may not be as loud as you might expect

 

 

5E3-EXTRA - 22W 12" Combos

EX22-112 - Complete basic 12" combo amp in Two-Tone black finish WITHOUT SPEAKER
Price: £325 - Includes £10.00 UK delivery -
Add to Cart

Both: US 115VAC available too by request!
Shipping about £70.00 - Customs taxes not included


Choose other options
:

FX Loop (FXL) is not available at this time

12" Celestion A-Type speaker - Price: £80.00 - Add to Cart

12" Celestion V-Type speaker - Price: £80.00 - Add to Cart

12" Celestion Creamback NEO speaker - Price: £130.00 - Add to Cart

TWEED covering + Striped Ox-Blood grille - Price: £35.00 - Add to Cart

Red* Power Indicator - FREE - Add to Cart

Blue Power Indicator - Price: £2.00 - Add to Cart

Black* Arrow (Chicken Head) knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

White Arrow (Chicken Head) Knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

* = Standard issue colour if not specified
Can I order without a speaker fitted? YES!

EX22 or EX45 ARE NOT SUPPLIED WITH
AN AC POWER CABLE/CORD

All amps are assembled to order only. Please allow up to 4 weeks
for your custom order to be built & despatched

Totally clean guitar may not be as loud as you might expect

 

 

5E3-EXTRA - 45W 12" Combos

EX45-112 - Complete basic 12" combo amp in Two-tone black finish WITHOUT SPEAKER
Price: £338 - Includes £10.00 UK delivery -
Add to Cart

US 115VAC available by request - same price!
Shipping about £70.00 - Customs taxes not included


Choose other options
:

FX Loop (FXL) is not available at this time

12" Celestion A-Type speaker - Price: £80.00 - Add to Cart

12" Celestion V-Type speaker - Price: £80.00 - Add to Cart

12" Celestion Creamback NEO speaker - Price: £130.00 - Add to Cart<

TWEED covering + Striped Ox-Blood grille - Price: £35.00 - Add to Cart

Red* Power Indicator - FREE - Add to Cart

Blue Power Indicator - Price: £2.00 - Add to Cart

Black* Arrow (Chicken Head) knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

White Arrow (Chicken Head) Knobs - FREE - Add to Cart

* = Standard issue colour if not specified
Can I order without a speaker fitted? YES!

EX22 or EX45 ARE NOT SUPPLIED WITH
AN AC POWER CABLE/CORD

All amps are assembled to order only. Please allow up to 4 weeks
for your custom order to be built & despatched

Totally clean guitar may not be as loud as you might expect

 

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Custom Cabinet Finishes

If you'd like another cabinet finish not listed, please contact us by email and we'll quote you a price. Alternative vinyls are NOT held in stock and subject to availability from our suppliers in Germany or USA. Quotations will include inward delivery/Customs charges on obtaining coverings

 

Build Method and Progress Reports

When you place your order, a confirmation is automatically sent to you. There is no further contact until your order is ready to ship. Further, we do not send 'progress reports' as there's nothing much to report until it's finally ready

All amps are built in small batches of 5, 10 or 20 units. Each batch goes through the system together, therefore, it is not possible for us to give an exact date of despatch

We collect payment approximately 7 days prior to your order being ready for despatch. Earlier if it has an uncommon cabinet covering. So checking your card account could give you a very good indication that it's nearly ready to be sent to you

 

UK & European Delivery Times & Charges

UK - Takes 3-5 business days from day of despatch

Europe - Takes 4-7+ business days depending on destination.

Mainland UK Delivery Cost - The purchase price includes £10 towards shipping to Mainland UK. Certain remote UK destinations are likely to attract a £5 surcharge. We will let you know before we collect your payment, or you can enquire by email

Delivery to Continental Europe & Outside Europe Cost -
Please email us for a quotation before ordering!

USA, Can, Aus, NZ & many others: We will happily send amplifiers nearly anywhere in the world. But sadly, we are not able to offer a universal shipping cost to every country. Therefore, customers resident outside Europe, PLEASE email us for a shipping quotation & online ordering instructions. It's really easy & safe. Thank you

 

Attention!

Every cabinet is wood, hand assembled and finished. Therefore, there will be finish variations from one example to another. The pictures are for guidance only

Returns Policy

UK Customers: You are entitled to return the product prepaid within thirty days if you are not satisfied with it's performance - Except custom orders with special cabinet coverings. We offer this on the strict proviso that the product has not been modified in any way, misused, damaged or defaced.

Customers Outside UK: All returns must be prepaid. If the reason for return is the fault of Award-Session, we will credit your card with the reasonable shipping amount paid. Please send a copy of the receipt to us by email.

Placing an order with Award-Session indicates that you have read and understood all our Terms and Conditions of sale, published on our CONTACT page. The conditions published on this page override those published anywhere else.

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Our administration & returns address:
Award-Session, 34 Belvedere, Basingstoke, RG24 8GB, UK
No stock is held at this address

Sound clips: Sadly it is impossible to convey any meaningful measure of the amp's tone over the Internet. Please refer to what we have already provided in videos & audio clips. If you want to hear the amps, then please Email us to make an appointment to try one out at Basingstoke

Due to continuing product improvement, the features and the design are subject to change without notice

All trademarks acknowledged. Award-Session has no affiliation with their owners.

 

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Thank you for your support. Stewart Ward, Designer since 1967.

 

Choose Your Speaker!

Celestion V-Type

Celestion V-Type speaker

We say from live use experience:
This is the one for bright twangy tone! Great with a country sounding Tele. Brill at Shads & Beatles too! Blues Rock, Rock... you name it, this could do the job!

Probably one of the nicest speakers Celestion has ever made - and at a reasonable price too! You could say Classic 70s tonality with a hint 60s AlNiCo Blue for good measure. Brighter than the A-Type. 60 Watts/8 Ohms/98dB

Fitted in EX, the whole amp
weighs only 13.5kg. That's with a birch ply cabinet too!

 

Celestion A-Type

Celestion A-Type speaker

We say from live use experience:
Choose this one for warm American mid tones with a lovely woody vibe.
Turning up the amp's treble produces a 'thicker' punch. Nice for vintage US pop and R 'n' R tones. Perfect for jazz players!
50 Watts/8 Ohms/98dB

Fitted in EX, the whole amp
weighs only 13.4kg. That's with a birch ply cabinet too
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Celestion Creamback NEO

Celestion A-Type speaker

The Neo Creamback is every ounce a Classic Celestion, delivering all the magical tone you'd get from a traditional Creamback.

For those looking for traditional tone from a modern lightweight package!

Fitted in EX, the whole amp
weighs only 10.2kg. That's with a birch ply cabinet too!

 

Celestion Ten 30

Celestion A-Type speaker

Fitted as standard to our BB15-110. This is a really nice speaker widely used by major amp makers... not as loud as a regular 12" speaker... but provides excellent tone for those not looking for ear splitting volumes! Great value tone provider

Fitted to EX, the whole amp weighs in at around 9.6kg. That's with a birch ply cabinet too!

About Guitar Speakers

Take special note! The speaker is the most important component in your guitar amp!

Unlike hi-fi speakers, they are NOT designed to produce a faithful reproduction of the signal presented by the amplifier!

It physically produces the air waves that your ears detect as sound. At the same time, their cone mechanically produces cone break-up modes which adds rich harmonics to the guitar sound. The amp electronics has NOTHING to do with this... be it a valve or transistor amp!

This enables each speaker model to give your guitar a unique tone. It even affects the character of the distortion sound! This is why there is a bewildering variety of guitar speakers available on the market. Each is slightly different

 

Use 5E3-EXTRA As A Powered Speaker Cabinet

Playing via your selected multi-fx preamp directly into the FX RETURN bypasses everything else, so 5E3-EXTRA will NOT colour the tone in any way... apart from the tone of the speaker fitted. You'll need two 5E3-EXTRA amps for real stereo reproduction

5E3-EXTRA’s RetroTone™ power amps are designed to add the warmth and chime that players usually associate only with a tube/valve guitar amp.  But surprise, RetroTone™ will easily impart the same ‘valve amp’ vitality to your modeller's tone as well.

All these uses and with Classic/Vintage on-stage looks!

 

Meet BB's Designer... a gigging player since 1963

Stewart Ward

Stewart Ward is a working guitarist who designs all products from scratch and from a gigging viewpoint. Seen here with his favourite guitar, a 1963 Fender Telecaster which he bought in 1971 for £70.

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